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Columbus Crew SC 3, Orlando City SC 2 | 2018 MLS Match Recap

Following a 41-minute delay to the kickoff due to inclement weather, a late rally gave Columbus Crew SC a 3-2 win over Orlando City SC at MAPFRE Stadium on Saturday.

Orlando City started the game hot, as Yoshi Yotun's shot just over a minute in clanged off the post. They found the breakthrough in the 16th minute, as a cross was redirected in the box and Sacha Kljestan stroked in a one-timer to put the away side ahead.

Crew SC tied up the game in the 51st minute, with a goal that was remarkably similar to Orlando's goal, with Niko Hansen sending in a cross from the right that was turned in by Gyasi Zardes. Just seven minutes later, however, Orlando went ahead once again, as Yotun and Kljestan connected to set up Stefano Pinho. That goal was somewhat controversial, at least from a Crew SC perspective, as they contended Zardes had been fouled on the other end just prior to the build-up, but referee Silviu Petrescu waived off their protests.

Joe Bendik, who came off the bench in the first half after starting goalkeeper Earl Edwards, Jr. suffered an injury, made a key save on Patrick Mullins' point-blank attempt in the final quarter-hour. But Crew SC got a late lifeline, as RJ Allen was called for a foul in the box by Petrescu, and Zardes stepped in to convert the spot kick for the draw. Then Wil Trapp provided the late dagger in stoppage-time, with a blast from deep to give Crew SC a much-needed win.

Goals

  • 16' – ORL – Sacha Kljestan | WATCH
  • 51' – CLB – Gyasi Zardes | WATCH
  • 58' – ORL – Stefano Pinho | WATCH
  • 88' – CLB – Gyasi Zardes (PK) | WATCH
  • 90+2' – CLB – Wil Trapp | WATCH

Three Things 

  • THE BIG PICTURE: The game did not lack thrills late for neutrals. Orlando City will feel like they really ought to have won 2-1, and probably have merit to their case, but Columbus took the chances they got, and can't be begrudged for clinching three points they desperately needed.
  • MOMENT OF THE MATCH: Trapp scored just his second career goal in MLS, and his first at home. The goal for the captain and hometown guy was the stuff of legend.
  • MAN OF THE MATCH: Zardes has a case with his brace, but Trapp gets the honors. His ability to show the leadership to keep his team in the game and then tally the winner gives him the edge.

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